First Line Fridays: “The Au Pair” by Emma Rous

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First Line Fridays is a weekly feature hosted by Hording Books.

Hey! Would you look at that. It’s already the first Friday of 2019, which means the first of First Line Fridays!

Today I’m going to be sharing the first line of my first read for this year.



We have no photographs of our early days, Danny and I. A ix-month gap yawns in the Mayes family album after we were born. No first-day-at-school pictures for Edwin, no means of telling which of us two looked more like him at the beginning. An empty double page marks the overwhelming grief that followed our arrival.”




The Au Pair is a very interesting domestic mystery. I’m not yet sure if it’s a thriller because I’m only about 40% in, but it sure does puzzle a whole lot. I’ve practically written question after question, suspicion after suspicion after every chapter. I can’t wait to finally find out what’s what.

The Au Pair is Emma Rous’ debut novel. It comes out on January 8 published by Berkley Books.



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14 thoughts on “First Line Fridays: “The Au Pair” by Emma Rous

  1. susandyer1962 says:

    Happy New Year!

    My first lines come from a book I’m reading now, The Marriage Bargain by Stephanie Dees….

    Cameron Quinn looked around the tiny town of Red Hill Springs. Big pots of pansies, twinkle lights in the trees lining the streets……apparently the basketball team at the local high school was doing well this year–the storefronts were full of team spirit. It had charm, he guessed, if you were a person who liked that down-home kind of stuff.

    He wasn’t.

    Have an awesome weekend and happy reading!😊💕


  2. lelandandbecky says:

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “Until I Met You: Brides of Seattle Prequel” by Kimberly Rose Johnson:

    “Early Saturday morning, Brandi Prescott held her latte in one hand and opened the door to leave her favorite coffee shop in the Green Lake neighborhood of Seattle.”

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  3. thebeccafiles says:

    Happy Friday! Today on my blog I’m featuring My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge by Pepper Basham but it’s also my next read so I don’t have an extra line to share yet. Hope you have a great weekend!


  4. Yvette - Bookworlder says:

    Happy Friday! I’m sharing the first line of the ‘First January’ diary entry from D.E. Stevenson’s Mrs. Tim of the Regiment on my blog today. So here I’ll share the beginning of the ‘Tenth January’ entry:

    “Meet Nora Watt on my way home from church. She has been lying in wait for me. We agree that the sermon was slightly dull, but that the singing has improved. I see Grace hovering about but there is no escape from Nora.”


  5. Caitlin H says:

    Happy Friday!

    I love the cover! While thrillers are not a genre I read . . . I want to read this one. I do like a good suspense and trying to figure out who did it.

    On my blog this week, I’m featuring Laura Frantz’s “The Frontiersman’s Daughter” as my FLF. I’m also reading Mary Connealy’s “Out of Control.” This FLF is:

    Colorado Territory
    June 23, 1866

    “Last time. This is it. Never again.”

    Have a good weekend and happy reading.


  6. bellesmoma16 says:

    Happy Friday!

    Today, on my blog, I’m sharing the first line from Chasing Someday by Crystal Walton. I’m currently on chapter 24, so I will leave the first line from there.

    “Chase sat back in one of the wicker chairs Mom insisted he own, cradled his guitar in his lap, and watched the fireflies hail the end of a long day.”

    It’s such a good book. I’m loving it. 😀

    Hope you have a great weekend filled with relaxing reading time. 😀❤📚


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